Developers built an impressive full-sized, living-colour replica of the house lived in by iconic animated family The Simpsons - and it was stunningly accurate.

The ideal home for a Simpsons' superfan, Pepsi and Fox launched a competition in 1997 for one lucky entrant to win the home  - but sadly it was never meant to be

The house, which had been built in Nevada, US, at the time cost $120,000 to complete and remained incredibly faithful to the iconic TV property that would impress even the most discerning of viewers.

The project, carried out by Kaufman and Broad homebuilders, was done to perfection, bringing every small detail to life both inside and out of 742 Evergreen Terrace in Springfield, where Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie have lived for 32 series and counting.

The firm drew on every available reference in the show from more than 100 episodes to construct the house, complete with identical furnishings.

Remaining true to the cartoon, the exterior colour of the property was matched to the home in the show, with bright yellow rendering, orange roof, blue window frames and matching orange front and garage doors.

The kitchen looked exactly as it did in the show

Designed with four bedrooms, two bathrooms and the signature bay windows, it features an identical driveway, garden patio and barbecue, plus Bart's iconic treehouse.

The colour scheme also matches the bright interior as depicted in the show, perfectly matched to the smallest detail from the yellow and blue tiled floor, pink walls, and brightly coloured kitchen.

The iconic brown sofa, used in every 'couch gag at the start of each episode, has also been perfectly replicated.

The iconic sofa was also replicated

The home was fitted with more than 2,000 Simpson-related items, from the working TV with a crooked antenna, and even included Homer's iconic beat up purple car on the driveway.

Tiny details including light fittings and Duff beer cans were recreated, along with a fake peanut butter and jelly sandwich under Bart's bed, Homer's hard hat hanging on the bannister, the corn cob curtains and even food for the cat, Snowball II.

The framed 'photos' of the Simpson family members were also mounted on the walls, along with the famous boat painting that hangs slanted above the sofa.

The bedroom is identical to the one shared by Homer and Marge

When it came to make the prize draw and hand over the keys, the winner was announced to be retired factory worker Barbara Howard.

But the grandmother of 13 lived almost 2,000 miles away in Richmond, Kentucky, on a farm where her husband raised animals and crops, and she ultimately opted to take the $75,000 cash prize instead.

She told the  LA Times  : "Honey, I’d give my eyeteeth to pick up and move there, but my family being in the shape it’s in, I can’t.

"I’d give anything to have it here and have people go through and pay a small fee that would go to the cancer fund. My brother has cancer."

The brightly coloured interior was matched perfectly throughout

Ultimately, the house was never lived in.  The themed interior was eventually stripped out and inside and out was given a neutral sand-colour finish as its neighbouring properties, leaving no trace of the once brightly coloured decor.

The designers behind the real house ensured there was scope for prospective owners to make changes, but ultimately it was never used.

The remodelled and more conventional version of the home was sold to new owners in 2001 and The Simpsons house consigned to history forever.